Updated II: Thrashers recall Cormier

PITTSBURGH – The Thrashers recalled Patrice Cormier from AHL Chicago and  he joined the team in Pittsburgh for Tuesday’s game against the Penguins. He will make his NHL debut against the Penguins and center a line with Ben Eager and Fredrik Modin. He will wear No. 45.

To make room for Cormier, the Thrashers sent Tim Stapleton to AHL Chicago.

Cormier got the word prior to the Wolves game Monday night. He caught an early flight from Chicago to join the team in Pittsburgh, just before the morning skate. He immediately called home, he said, to speak to his parents and brother.

Weather conditions in the northeast will prevent his family from making it to Pittsburgh for his debut.

“[GM] Rick {Dudley] says he’s playing very well,” Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay said. “He’s a big bodied guy. We’ll have a look at him and see what he brings to the table. We know he competes. We assume he is still going to be willing to block shots. He’s a guy, in the future of the organization, they fell strongly that he is going to have a big impact on the franchise. We want to get it started.”

Cormier, 20, played 11 games for AHL Chicago with five points (two goals, three assists).

“I’m just going to go out there and work hard and help the team win,” Cormier said. “I got the call yesterday, flew in this morning and I’m pretty excited. Now it’s just a matter of turning that nervousness into excitement and being ready.

“I’m going to make the best of it. You only play one first game.”

Cormier broke his foot on the eve of training camp in September, in the final rookie camp game. Following the healing and rehab process, he reported to AHL Chicago. He spent a week and a half getting in shape before playing a game. He didn’t take long for the center to get his chance. He will be counted on to battle for pucks in the corner, a mainstay of Ramsay’s system.

“I think that’s my game, battling and doing the smart little plays and being a good teammate,” Cormier said. “Playing the puck deep and go battle and create things offensively and being good defensively.”

Here are the other lines. With Cormier playing center, Bryan Little will move to the right wing.




Niclas Bergfors and Freddy Meyer will be the scratches.

Jim Slater, Ron Hainsey, Zach Bogosian and Brent Sopel did not participate in Tuesday’s optional skate prior to the game with the Penguins.

“We had an optional workout and it’s up to them,” Ramsay said. “There are a lot of guys that this time of year are a little banged up. If they want to take that time to rest, I think it’s important.”

Also, the Thrashers reassigned goaltender Edward Pasquale from AHL Chicago to ECHL Gwinnett. Pasquale had a 5-6-0 record with a 3.16 goals-against average and .892 save percentage for the Wolves.

47 comments Add your comment

cousin Eddie

December 28th, 2010
10:49 am

Baby Jesus answered my prayers!

Martin Beck

December 28th, 2010
10:54 am

It’s about time! Didn’t make sense to leave former captain of Team Canada World Junior team in minors for very long. May way for NHL’s new breed of energy forward!


December 28th, 2010
10:55 am

Welcome to the show Patrice! Time to validate Dudley’s infatuation with you. Start by introducing Sidney C into the dasher boards please.

Thank you.

willi plett

December 28th, 2010
10:57 am

heck yes another gritty player.


December 28th, 2010
10:58 am

Good. Now maybe someone will hit Crosby instead of just watching him skate!

cousin Eddie

December 28th, 2010
11:07 am

Remember Patrice, elbows down! Hope this sparks Burmistrov to start producing more. Kid has been given sucky line mates the past 2 weeks.

Mike W

December 28th, 2010
11:07 am

Is it bad that I’m hoping he elbows Cooke just as bad as Cooke did to Savard? First NHL shift – flatten Crosby center ice, skate on to elbow Cooke.


December 28th, 2010
11:08 am


John Manasso suggests NJD could be a destination for Bergfors given Lou’s propensity for reaquiring players with Langenbrunner heading to Atlanta. Same position. Adds about a million to our payroll. What do y’all think of that?

PS – Looking forward to seeing Cormier in action. Lack of scoring/winning the last few games has had me concerned and looking for a shake-up of some kind.


December 28th, 2010
11:22 am

Now we are “Really” going to get to see some “Ramsay Style Play” from Cormier…..talk about energy….he is also like a +8 in 11 or so games with a pretty average Chicago Wolves team….I hope he scates on a line with Eager.


December 28th, 2010
11:25 am

Oh I cannot wait for tonight. I hope he flattens someone since I know some Penguins “fans” who can’t get over the fact that Matt Cooke lost a fight to a teenager.


December 28th, 2010
11:29 am

Maybe he’ll fly by Crosby and knock him into next week with an elbow to the head–

…AHEM! Excuse me. I meant to say that I hope Cormier has a wonderful career in the NHL and that he helps bring years of winning to this franchise, starting today against the Pens.

cousin Eddie

December 28th, 2010
11:33 am

I read somewhere that Patrice said his elbows suffer from Turrets.


December 28th, 2010
11:43 am

I’m just hoping that the Thrashers make tonight their “F— You” game to the Pens. The only thing that would make victory sweeter is the fact that we’d get to see the effects of being “Thrashed” on 24/7 on HBO. Would be nice to see how the spoiled children of Pittsburgh react to losing to the Thrashers tonight, seeing their reaction on HBO would make me want to nominate that scene for an Emmy award.
Atlanta is a great sports town – would be even better if we let all the Penguins Fans and Saints fans all drown in one of our lakes (as long as its not Lanier, otherwise we’d be drinking those idiots)
Welcome to the Thrashers PC, come kick some flightless bird @ss!

Tom Lysiak

December 28th, 2010
11:46 am

I would hope they could get more than Langenbrunner for Bergfors. A 35 year-old with 13 points for a 23 year-old with 18 points doesn’t excite me. On the other hand, the kid just doesn’t seem willing to change his game to suit Ramsay.

While I was one of the bloggers who called for Cormier’s promotion after the Bruins game, I hope he just plays his game. We definitely need toughness, but we need more from him than trying to become a goon. Leave the knuckle-draggers like Godard and Lucic to Boults and Thor for now. Just my humble 2 cents…..


December 28th, 2010
11:51 am

Given his history, I don’t want to see any headlines about PC mentioning his elbows and an opposing player’s head. He is a rookie on a SE Div team so he will get no breaks from the refs. Nor would he get the benefit of doubt in any subsequent league review of an elbowing or a brutal boarding incident.

Play very tough and hard but relatively clean, Patrice.


December 28th, 2010
11:53 am

Bergfors for Elias?


December 28th, 2010
12:00 pm


Now, I’m PUMPED for this game. Let’s drop the puck!

Alan R.

December 28th, 2010
12:01 pm

I would hope they could get more than Langenbrunner for Bergfors. A 35 year-old with 13 points for a 23 year-old with 18 points doesn’t excite me.

The thought behind this scenario is that Atlanta wants “veteran leadership.” That’s debatable, at best. Ramsay and Dudley know what we need, but I don’t thing Langs will bring it. He’s led a very successful Devils team for a while now, so it’s not a knock against him in that respect. I’m concerned that we’ll be moving one player that doesn’t fit the system for another that won’t fit the system.


December 28th, 2010
12:08 pm

Kind of wish we could have brought up Machacek as well because I just don’t feel comfortable (like Ramsay does) with Modin playing 11-12 mins / game. Our offense is struggling, Antro didn’t make the trip and Bergy likely won’t play. Then again, he may be showcased again before a trade is hopefully made. But having Spencer would have rounded out the “3rd line” in my opinion with Bergy going back with Little & Kane.

Ladd — Pevs — Stewy

Kaner — Lits — Bergy

Burma — Corms — Macho (Modin)

Greek gods

Eager gets the scratch.

John trouver

December 28th, 2010
12:15 pm

thrashers wins tonight 5-3 or 3-2 or maybe 2-0

Stan Drulia

December 28th, 2010
12:19 pm

Can’t wait to see what this kid has to offer!!! Dudley has been very vocal about how much he likes the kid, and Dudley has been right on just about everything so far… GO THRASHERS!!!!

Joe McGrath

December 28th, 2010
1:07 pm

I simply hope he plays smart and doesn’t get roped into bad penalties (ahem, Buf). I will step on a limb and predict he produces 1/3 of a Gordie Howe Hat Trick tonight.

East Point Bob

December 28th, 2010
1:09 pm

Langenbrunner… NO, too old, on backside of career and nothing to offer us past this season if
anything left anyhow. Bergfors has upside, young teachable. No to this trade.

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December 28th, 2010
1:14 pm

I can’t wait to see Cormier tonight, and the Little/Burmi/Kaner line really excites me. I think that could be a good line for us.

As for the aforementioned possibility of Langenbrunner. I think he’s a good player, and I think he’d add excellent veteran leadership to this team. HOWEVER, I ask this: what of Jerome Iginla?

To Calgary:
1st in 2011

To Atlanta:

I think that trade makes you better than adding Langenbrunner.


Just saying


December 28th, 2010
1:16 pm

How can anyone call Lucic a knuckle dragger.Check his stats man.He was #1 in league in shooting percentage last week.Thing is he can also beat up our toughest player.Bring on ELBOWS


December 28th, 2010
1:28 pm

Can’t wait to see Cormier, maybe he can accidently throw an elbow to Crosby’s head. :)

Sorry not a crosby fan

Hope everyone is having a great holiday season

Tom Lysiak

December 28th, 2010
1:29 pm

bob – you wouldn’t be a lurking Boston troll, now would you? Nah….

He definitely is more than a fighter though. Would you be happy if I had called him a broke-nosed hunchback instead????

R. Stroz

December 28th, 2010
1:31 pm

Yep, Lucic can fight….when the refs are holding the other player for him.

And that’s what Colin Campbell brings to the league…a World Wrestling philosophy and game rigging by officials.

Campbell is turning the NHL into the NBA.

Joe Friday

December 28th, 2010
1:44 pm

excellent, wish I was in town for the rematch with the Bruins, that’s what this callup is for . . . keep your head up, Lucic


December 28th, 2010
2:42 pm

I have always liked Jamie Langenbrunner, jb. But, you know my policy on 35-year olds. They’ve slowed a step or two, and are now very susceptible to injury. And if they’ve any good at all, they’ve overpaid. I don’t see Langenbrunner as a great fit here. And I doubt that he’d be excited to come here, even with the Devils in the basement of the league. Does he have years left on his contract?

I haven’t heard Ramsay or Torchetti or Dudley … or Waddell … express an opinion about what is lacking on this team. And maybe … we won’t. But I have heard Ramsay say that he never rules out a trade possibility. Of course, he pretty much HAS to say that. And so does the GM. Otherwise, they’re walled off from the prospect of finding a player or players that can really help the team get further ahead.

I am excited to finally be seeing Patrice Cormier. Maybe President Obama will call the offices of the Atlanta Thrashers to thank them for giving Cormier a job and a second chance, like he did with the Philadelphia Eagles, about Michael Vick.


December 28th, 2010
2:44 pm

“Maybe President Obama will call the offices of the Atlanta Thrashers to thank them for giving Cormier a job and a second chance, like he did with the Philadelphia Eagles, about Michael Vick.”

Hilarious, Brendan!

Manley in AFG

December 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

Glad to see that PC is getting his chance. With the way Duds has talked him up, I was hoping it wouldn’t be long.
Curious what everyone’s thoughts are about Burmy with Kane and Little. Just judging by posts on here, seems like Kane and Burmy are trying to fly solo a bit too much so how will they do on the same line? Let me know if I read the situation wrong (have only been able to watch a few games earlier in the season).
Anyway, I am sure you guys will let me know how they do and what you think of Cormier’s debut after the game.


December 28th, 2010
3:58 pm

Its time for a shake-up…this team is moving sideways at best. Lets hope it works out, not easy getting your NHL debut against the Pens.


December 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

I am very excited to see what PC can bring to this lineup, but I am also on board with the excitement over the Kane/Burmy/Little line. They should be alot of fun to watch.


December 28th, 2010
5:59 pm

Alright, sorta happy, cuz I’m not a fanboy of Stapleton’s save his obvious effort. Yeah, I think I called him “not quite ready for primtime”…sounds about right.

On the Cormier debut, again I just can’t say I’m all that jazzed about it for any other reason other than this team needs a bit more skill added (I’m sure he’s more skilled than Stapleton). Nothing a Gordie Howe Hat Trick won’t fix as long as he’s basically living at Scottish Rite between games because making terminally ill children happy makes him happy too…just sayin’. Dude’s gotta long way to go before I’ll forget about his inexcusable headhunting past.


December 28th, 2010
6:06 pm

Second thought…I’m pretty jazzed about the time of the PC debut as Thursday means WAR AT THE BULB!!! There maybe some opposing players asking for some high hits in that one and PC would be the man for that.

VENGEANCE & VINDICATION!!! Best thing the Thrashers can do this week would be to kick the crap outta the Bruins in as many ways as possible at the Bulb.

bob the builder

December 28th, 2010
6:20 pm

lucic 16 goals 11 Assists I guess he does more than fight.
Bolts 4 goals 3 assists
thor 5 goals 7 assists
Elbows cormier 0 goals o assists
Maybe all three can gang up on lucic to make it fair

bob the builder

December 28th, 2010
6:23 pm

Atlanta hasn’t been around long enough to know old time hockey.Watch a few youtube videos under Boston Bruins to see some old school action.

Big Daddy (formerly waffleboy)

December 28th, 2010
6:27 pm

Lucic is definitely not a one dimensional player, but he’s not Cam Neely either, bob. The sucker punch at Meyer was bush league and he needs to pay for it. I see an early challenge from Boults or Thor and Lucic steps right up. Then it’s over. Would love to take these next two in regulation. This team needs to get back on track. I can’t wait to see what Cormier brings, but I wonder why Little moves from the center spot. I think he’s definitely grown into the role and his face-off numbers are better than Burmi. I love Burmi’s game, but he’s been struggling with the little things lately and I think he would get a huge benefit from watching a game from the press box. I remember Steve Heinze once saying that he watched a few games when he was injured and realized how much time players really have on the ice. Burmi rushes plays and gets to fancy on the backhand some nights. He needs to keep things simple and make smart plays.

R. Stroz

December 28th, 2010
6:29 pm

bob the builder – You mean back when the Flames used to kick the Bruins collective butts in the OMNI?

Big Daddy (formerly waffleboy)

December 28th, 2010
6:30 pm

I know it’s still early, but has anyone noticed that the gap between the 8th and 9th teams in the Eastern conference? It was 4 points two weeks ago, now it’s 6. Whenever a team, looks like it’s gonna close, another falls back and vice versa.

bob the builder

December 28th, 2010
6:31 pm

I agree big daddy, and I was a huge steve Heinze fan..

Martin Beck

December 28th, 2010
7:00 pm

Where is the best place to watch the game online?


December 28th, 2010
8:08 pm

So who over here on the AJC blogs have ben, ahem, “working the old hydrolics” since hearing Cormier was called up?


(Scroll down and see Zontar’s comment)

bob the builder

December 28th, 2010
10:17 pm

Tampa down. See yu thursday night.Would be good to stop your winning streak but not possible.

Zombie Steve

December 29th, 2010
10:30 am

I hope we EMBARASS Looch again for super fan bob here.